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The Coward

Who will take up the mantle and slay the evil in the Frozen North, saving all from death and destruction? Not Kell Kressia, he’s done his part…

“Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy.”
– Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade

Book 1 of the Quest for Heroes

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Available on June 8, 2021.
SKU: AR9780857668899
Kell Kressia is a legend, a celebrity, a hero. Aged just seventeen he set out on an epic quest with a band of wizened fighters to slay the Ice Lich and save the world, but only he returned victorious. The Lich was dead, the ice receded and the Five Kingdoms were safe.
Ten years have passed Kell lives a quiet farmer’s life, while stories about his heroism are told in every tavern across the length and breadth of the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north. Beyond the frozen circle, north of the Frostrunner clans, something has taken up residence in the Lich’s abandoned castle. And the ice is beginning to creep south once more.
For the second time, Kell is called upon to take up his famous sword, Slayer, and battle the forces of darkness. But he has a terrible secret that nobody knows. He’s not a hero – he was just lucky. Everyone puts their faith in Kell the Legend, but he’s a coward who has no intention of risking his life for anyone…
Release Date


Series Quest for Heroes

8th June 2021 | 9780857668899 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99

US Print

8th June 2021 | 9780857668882 | Trade Paperback | $14.99/$16.99

UK Print

8th June 2021 | 9780857668882 | Paperback | £9.99

“Aryan’s battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee.”
– Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner series

Stephen Aryan is the author of the Age of Darkness and Age of Dread trilogies. His first novel, Battlemage, was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. It also won the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France. He has previously written a comic book column and reviews for Tor.com. In addition, he has self-published and kickstarted his own comics.

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